Coggeshall Youth Project

“I did it, loved it, kept coming”

“The summer workshops are fantastic “

“My child enjoys this club as other clubs are very structured no time for talking or playing. This club give them the opportunity to see that there is more to life and to try new things“

Coggeshall Youth Project, CYP, was established in 2006 as a result of a generous bequest to provide activities and support for the young people of Coggeshall. The Churches Together in Coggeshall, St Bernard’s R.C. Christ Church, URC and St Peter ad Vincula manage the project with volunteers and Trustees.

CYP’s core focus is to provide a range of activities for young people in Coggeshall, with age related youth sessions, holiday clubs, Christmas events for families, fishing trips, lunch clubs in schools and a range activities where they are able to relax and socialise in a stimulating and safe environment, together with opportunities to explore faith and worship.

Since CYP began in 2006, some 2,400 children and young people have attended a CYP activity or club. Several of the young people who attended CYP activities have become volunteers themselves either regularly or during school and University holidays. Over 100 young people attend clubs and activities run by CYP during term time and in the summer holidays.

In February 2017 Bishop Roger Morris visited CYP’s Gateway Tuesday evening activities. The evening included Table Top football games which the participants really enjoyed despite being outplayed by Roger, the “Speak Out“ Icebreaker game, and then “ask the Bishop” a session where topical and challenging questions were asked.. “A really enjoyable and fun evening” was the comment from around 30 young people.

Plans to strengthen and develop the work of CYP over the next two years are now in place following discussions with the young people who use CYP, their families, the Trustees and the Churches in Coggeshall. Again as a result of fund raising, new equipment will enable the clubs to use up to date technology for film and music making. Financial support from the Parish Council and other donations has enabled some of this equipment to be purchased. CYP depends entirely on financial support from our local community, fund raising, donations from individuals and organisations and from the “Churches Together” in Coggeshall.